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(TNS) — The summer of seemingly endless rainfall took its toll again on the Berks County, Pa., region Monday, dumping several inches of precipitation that led to widespread flooding on areas already inundated in recent weeks.

And if the rain doesn't let up, meteorologists are predicting this August could prove to be the wettest ever recorded.

AccuWeather meteorologist Danielle Knittle said that 9.06 inches of rain has been recorded this month at Reading Regional Airport in Bern Township, the official site for Berks County rainfall totals.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Berks-County-Flooding-Draws-Statewide-Emergency-Response.html

Talk about your one-in-a-million situations. On June 13th, an EF-2 tornado struck the township of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. in the dark of night. For a city of approximately 40,000, this was an unusually powerful tornado, given how briefly it stayed on the ground. Once it struck, the tornado took a death-defying trip through the Wilkes-Barre Township business district, then ravaged the local mall before heading down a major thoroughfare, Interstate 81.

Tammac Holdings Corporation, a local financial services company that specializes in programs for the manufactured housing industry, sat directly in the path of this unusual twister. What’s more, it prides itself on its responsiveness to customer needs, so being in an exposed location was particularly dangerous.In the northeast, nighttime tornadoes are practically unheard of. In fact, since 1950, only 2.2 percent of the more than 850 tornadoes recorded in the Keystone State have occurred between 10 p.m. and midnight. Nighttime tornadoes are especially dangerous because you can’t see them coming, and they strike at a time when people are less focused on the weather.

Tammac Holdings Corporation, a local financial services company that specializes in programs for the manufactured housing industry, sat directly in the path of this unusual twister. What’s more, it prides itself on its responsiveness to customer needs, so being in an exposed location was particularly dangerous.

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https://blog.sungardas.com/2018/08/tammac-holdings-remains-strong-despite-freak-tornado-strike/

In 2017 Continuity Central published the results of a survey looking at whether the increasing focus on information security is having an effect on the traditional demarcation lines between business continuity and information security management (ISM). In 2018 we repeated that survey to monitor how things have developed and the results of the survey are now available.

Is information security a business continuity issue?

62 percent (64.5 percent in the 2017 survey) of respondents believe that information security is definitely a business continuity issue, with a further 29 percent (32 percent*) saying that it was partially a business continuity issue. 9 percent (3.5 percent*) said that information security is not a business continuity issue at all.

It seems clear from both the 2018 and the 2017 versions of the survey that information security is viewed as a business continuity issue; but to what extend do business continuity teams actually get involved in preventing and managing information security incidents? The remainder of the survey examined these areas:

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https://www.continuitycentral.com/index.php/news/business-continuity-news/3178-survey-results-are-business-continuity-and-information-security-converging

(TNS) — Before the flames appeared, Sandie Freeman thought the sky above her Redding home looked especially beautiful.

The evening was golden hued and still; pretty enough that she took a picture. Minutes later, a light wind picked up and leaves from her oak tree began falling like rain, she said.

It was the only warning she received that something was amiss.

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http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Patchwork-System-Leaves-Some-Californians-Out-of-Emergency-Alerts.html

This spring, Bluelock Solutions from InterVision conducted a survey titled “2018 Legal Data Protection & Recovery,” focusing on the legal industry. The results found an overconfidence and mismatched expectations toward IT disaster recovery (IT-DR) within law firms. Here are a few responses that stuck out to us:

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https://www.bluelock.com/blog/survey-finds-lack-dr-testing-problem-among-law-firms/

Airline outages are all too common – we’ve documented the many issues major U.S. airlines have faced on this timeline.

Airline Outages Cartoon

When IT fails and airline workers can’t check in passengers or issue tickets, out come the pencils, pens and paper.

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https://blog.sungardas.com/2018/08/airline-outages-disaster-recovery-cartoon/

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:27

Airline Outage? Pick up a Pencil

Over the course of an implementation, it’s inevitable that almost every customer asks us, “What’s the best way to do this?”  We always have an answer, but the real answer is highly dependent on your organization and its unique context as it relates to continuity. Each one of our customers are unique and have different needs based on their vertical market, size, structure, and program maturity, among other things.

Everyone’s gotten those (typically free) t-shirts and hats marked “one size fits all”.  The truth is, they seldom do. They’re either, too big, too small, or just not right. They might be close, but usually something is a little off. Similarly, there is no single “right” approach to building a business continuity program. It should be flexible and malleable, able to change and grow as your organization inevitably does.

Given the variation among our customers’ businesses, BC in the Cloud has worked to create plan templates that are specific enough to capture the heart of ISO and DRI standards, but generic enough to be able to be adapted to particular needs.

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https://www.bcinthecloud.com/2018/08/one-size-fits-all/

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:16

One Size Fits All

Campus communications for colleges and universities are necessary not only to keep day-to-day operation flowing, but also for the safety of your students and stakeholders.

This has become increasingly important as some campuses have become targets for violence rather than havens for students. With so many threats – from severe weather to active shooters – school officials must have a plan for communicating with their students, faculty, staff and stakeholders in a variety of critical situations.

Follow these tips to improving your campus communications as the new semester begins.

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https://www.onsolve.com/blog/back-to-school-improve-campus-communications-with-mass-notifications/

(TNS) - When Aledo and Joshua students head back to class, they’ll find police officers on their campus full time.

Weatherford students will know that some teachers and school employees likely are carrying concealed handguns.

And Fort Worth students will know police are monitoring school safety cameras in real time — and that school nurses are getting trained to treat victims of active shooters.

“We are consistently looking out for our kids,” said Susan Bohn, superintendent of Aledo schools, adding that teaching students in a safe environment is an everyday concern. “It’s never something that is out of our minds.”

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http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/Will-Your-Kids-School-be-Safer-This-Fall-Heres-What-Educators-Did-After-Mass-Shootings.html

(TNS) - With a “fire tornado” racing toward Redding neighborhoods on July 26, emergency officials in Shasta County started issuing mandatory evacuation orders.

They used reverse 911 calls, emergency announcements on TV and radio, opt-in text message systems and Amber alert-style cellphone warnings to get the word out.

And, as in Sonoma County in October, first responders went door to door, urging people to flee.

Three people perished, but thousands escaped as flames engulfed their neighborhoods, with authorities turning some two-way streets into one-way streets to facilitate traffic.

Credit lessons learned in October, when Sonoma County authorities, fearing panic, failed to use all of the tools at their disposal to warn residents about a ferocious wildfire that burned thousands of homes and took more than 20 lives.

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http://www.govtech.com/em/preparedness/EDITORIAL-Emergency-Alert-Systems-Still-Need-a-Major-Upgrade.html

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